By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN: Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola of Oyo and Osun state have met and vowed to ensure that the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) stands.
The joint ownership of the institution has been a ding-dong affair between the two states since the tenure of Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
This was disclosed Senator Ajimobi, yesterday while briefing newsmen at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting on LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, at the Executive Council Chambers of the Oyo State Governor’s Office, Ibadan.
Gov. Ajimobi stressed the need to maintain unity between the two states, adding that the institution should not be allowed to disintegrate but rather, fortified.
The university, according to him, was established by the founding fathers of the two states with the aim of fostering unity among the people of Oyo and Osun.
“It will be a shame if those founding fathers who thought it fit to have LAUTECH will now discover that during our own time, we refuse to fortify it but instead, we allow its disintegration. It will be unforgivable.
“So whatever needs to be done to fortify the university to make it a Number One institution in Africa, and particularly in Nigeria, will be done.
“Although the outgone government had tried to separate, divide and cannibalize the university, we have decided not to allow it,’’ Sen. Ajimobi said.
He said that certain steps had been taken to ensure the unity and oneness of the institution.
Part of the steps, he said, was for the College of Medicine of the institution to remain both in Ogbomosho, Oyo State and Osogbo, Osun State.
Both teaching hospitals, the governor said, would run concurrently, adding that the two owner-states would ensure their accreditation and this would increase the number of medical graduates from the institution, which used to be put conservatively at 75, to be double of that number.
Sen. Ajimobi, who said that the decision for oneness in the running of LAUTECH by the two states was final, said further that the vice chancellor of the institution and other management staff had been charged to provide modalities for implementing all the decisions arrived at.
According to him, the modalities would be submitted by the institution’s management in the next two weeks, maintaining that, “we are one; we shall remain one and by the grace of God, so shall it be’’